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Crotch Itch Grrrrrr

(24 Posts)
LonelyLou Wed 12-Sep-12 22:22:05

Has anyone experienced it long term? What was the cause and how did you get rid of it?

chinley Thu 13-Sep-12 12:53:55

"crotch itch"? confused

Like thrush?

CaroleService Thu 13-Sep-12 13:00:10

Plse google lichen sclerosis in case.

LonelyLou Thu 13-Sep-12 23:26:02

Thanks CaroleService. It's in the groin rather than on the vulva or inside. Not thrush...I've had that before and would recognise that. Steroid ointment was recommended but has not cleared it up. Neither has fungus treatment as in atheletes foot treatment as recommended on line.

mum4041 Thu 13-Sep-12 23:30:25

Try taking an antihistamine. I'm allergic to something and I don't know what it is. The itching starts in my groin and goes onto my torso. I take an antihistamine and it's gone in an hour.

LonelyLou Thu 13-Sep-12 23:54:45

I'll try that mum4041, thank you.

wanttomakeadifference Thu 13-Sep-12 23:59:06

Don't be offended but scabies could be a possibility. I think it affects the groin particularly badly.

wanttomakeadifference Fri 14-Sep-12 00:01:37

.... You can catch it from hotel beds, friends houses. I caught it myself as a student. I had SN itchy groin and hands. It took three visits for my GP to diagnose it, he said I didn't fit the profile (he had big judgey pants).

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 14-Sep-12 00:03:23

I knew a baby with scabies.

LonelyLou Fri 14-Sep-12 00:08:17

Not offended wanttomakeadifference. Its been at least a year. Do you think it would have spread if it was scabies?

LonelyLou Fri 14-Sep-12 00:18:05

Looked up scabies and it's not that.

TeaBrick Fri 14-Sep-12 00:30:25

Could be a fungal infection in the crotch. Isn't there something called 'jock itch' which is the same fungus as athlete's foot?

LonelyLou Fri 14-Sep-12 00:41:54

Ye. N tried athelete's foot stuff for week as recommended....no joy TeaBrick.

Showtime Fri 14-Sep-12 13:55:00

I had an unbearable itch there for years, on and off, nothing to see and undiagnosed, including pain in ovary/intestine area. Cancer surgery eventually showed ovary misplaced plus nearby infection, probably due to accident years earlier - no itch since, no reason various scans ineffective.

balotelli Sat 15-Sep-12 07:32:18

Probably a fungal infection which is made worse by warm weather.

Wearing no underwear or just plain natural fibres will help. lots of exposure to sunlight and fresh air...... though not in tescos! Loose clothing, no tights etc. Use an anti fungal cream like canestan twice a day for a fortnight, buy and anti bacterial wash and wash with it daily.

Getting rid of all your old underwear will help, though rather expensive, as you will be re infecting your self. You can try washing them all on a hot wash but that may ruin the more delicate items.

You can get a tablet from your gp called terbinafine hydrochloride (Lamisil) but most gp's are reluctant to prescribe it due to its cost and the fact that it causes liver problems with long term use though you should only need a very short course.

Good luck .

HTH

LonelyLou Sat 15-Sep-12 19:32:12

Thanks for that Ballotelli.

I'll see if I can get away with the no underwear at work grin I don't work with food thank goodness.

And a good excuse to buy new cotton underwear! I buy the shorts from Debenhams usually as there is no irritating elastic around the leg. May look in M&S tomorrow.

Thistledew Sat 15-Sep-12 19:35:40

Witch Hazel and/or Aloe Vera gels work better for me than any chemical creams.

LonelyLou Sat 15-Sep-12 20:01:53

Interesting as I put some Aloe Vera gel on this am after my shower.

LonelyLou Sat 15-Sep-12 20:03:28

Would Aloe Vera and/or witch Hazel work on clearing a fungal infection?

Showtime Sat 15-Sep-12 21:27:45

For a completely different fungal infection, I found that Teatree oil and/or Listerine mouthwash (!) both worked better than a year on Lamasil tablets.

LonelyLou Sat 15-Sep-12 21:32:30

Hmmm...Listerine.

I've been told I sometimes talk out of my a* , Showtime grin

Showtime Sat 15-Sep-12 21:39:02

That's not where I put the Listerine...
Good luck.

LonelyLou Sun 16-Sep-12 15:36:00

I looked for and then bravely asked for some fungal infection wash at Boots pahrmacy today but the pharmacist didn't have a clue what I was on about??? She didn't ask where the infection was and I wasn't about to tell her in public blush

I couldn't find any so I may use listerine to cleans it.

Thinkability Sat 06-Oct-12 22:40:11

Update: Went to trainee GP on Friday and she says there's thickening of the skin due to scratching it. She's given me a higher dose of steroid in Betnovate cream. I threw all my knicks out and bought 12 new pairs of cotton shorts (no elastic around the leg) I took anti-histamine which indeed stop the itching until the middle of the night where I woke myself up scratching. GP did a test for diabetes..we have it in the family.

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